๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow is a great alternative for those who want a controller with similar features to Microsoft's Elite controllers, but without the steep price tag. It features customizable buttons, paddles on the back, and a changeable faceplate that's included in the box.

Key Features
  • Three-way trigger locks
  • Mappable paddles
  • Changeable thumbsticks
  • Magnetic faceplates
Specifications
  • Brand: PowerA
  • Platform: Xbox, PC
  • Battery: N/A
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Headset Support: Yes
  • Programmable: Yes
  • Extra Buttons: Yes (Paddles)
Pros
  • Useful volume control button
  • Tons of features for the price
  • Paddles are removeable
  • Button remapping without software
Cons
  • Disappointing D-pad
  • Back paddles can come loose
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PowerA FUSION Pro 2 Midnight Shadow

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š While the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 has been out since 2021, the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow is a limited edition variant with a unique design, and includes features that go beyond the capabilities of even the infamous Xbox Elite wireless controller.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š But it's not just the features that help the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow stand out from the competition. The lower price helps too, giving you more features than the Xbox Elite series offers at a lower price.

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What's in The Box?

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow has been designed to be modular, letting you swap out parts of the controller to make it personalized to either how you play, or the type of game you are playing. Here's what you can expect to find in the box:

  • Fusion Pro 2 wired controller
  • Pro pack with removable paddles
  • Two extra analog sticks
  • Extra faceplate (gray)
  • Storage case
  • 10ft USB-C braided cable
  • User guide
  • Stickers

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The packaging is well-designed considering the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow costs considerably less than other controllers of a similar spec, and the inclusion of a spare faceplate was a pleasant surprise too.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š If you take pride in your Xbox peripherals, the included storage case is a real plus; it not only looks sleek and stylish, but keeps your controller, its accessories, and the USB-C cable safe.

Special Edition Design

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š If you are familiar with PowerA controllers, you will know that they typically look incredible, but the original PowerA Fusion Pro's faceplates featured frankly boring gray and white colors. However, the new limited edition Midnight Shadow version fixes that with a new stylish faceplate.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š While the stylish, glossy new Midnight Shadow faceplate does look amazing, you can swap it out for the matte finish gray faceplate instead. And thanks to the quick and convenient magnetic clips, swapping the faceplates is easy, only taking seconds to remove the old one, and click the new one into place.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The faceplates aren't the only thing that can be easily changed on the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow. The controller comes with two high-profile thumb sticks, as well as two low-profile ones, allowing you to easily swap them out depending on your personal preference. There's even a convex-capped stick included, giving you even more options and the ultimate freedom in designing the controller to match your preferences or play style.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š While the paddles on the back of the controller are undoubtedly one of the controller's best features, some people who are more interested in a relaxed gaming session over the ability to perform a drop shot in COD might want to remove them. Thankfully you can do just that; the modular paddle section easily unclips and can be replaced with a cover that locks in place.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The design of the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow is similar to that of the official Xbox Series X controller. However, users who preferred the slightly bulkier feel of the Xbox One controller will likely prefer the Midnight Shadow. It feels more tangible and the bumpers feel more responsive than the standard Series X controller.

Manually Programmable Paddles

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Just like Microsoft's Xbox Elite series, the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow includes four programmable buttons on the back of the controller, known as paddles, but unlike most controllers with paddles on the back, the ones on the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow can easily be programmed without any software. In fact, programming them only took seconds, and I was able to change them on the fly, while in the middle of a competitive game of Call of Duty.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š To program them, simply press the program button on the back of the controller, followed by the button you would like the paddle to replicate, and then the paddle you want to use for that button. It couldn't be easier.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Each of the paddles can be removed individually, allowing you to truly customize this controller to your liking.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š With Xbox controllers already being fairly chunky, you might think that the back paddles would get in the way, but surprisingly they don't. I played several Xbox Series X games with the paddles attached, in which during some games I used them, and in other games I ignored the fact they were there. At no point during any of the games did I find them to be intrusive, the only issue I did find with them was when placing the controller down on the side to take a break. A few times I found that one of the paddles came loose, but they are detachable, and the issue did not occur when I was playing any games, so it didn't cause me too much trouble.

Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow Features

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow might be a more affordable pro Xbox gaming controller, but it feels anything but affordable. The rubber grips give it a premium feel, as well as a level of control and comfort that I honestly wasn't expecting. The front of the controller features a microphone volume and mute button, which is extremely useful. The buttons allow you to mute your microphone without needing to move your hand off the controller, a feature that you see across many of PowerA's controllers, showing that it's obviously a popular design choice.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The back of the controller boasts three-way adjustable trigger locks, meaning you can choose the exact trigger depth that suits your play style and can quickly and easily be changed to suit the game you are playing. And if that wasn't enough, you can change each triggers depth individually.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Playing different types of games is a breeze. For example, in racing games like Forza, you can really feel the rumble in the triggers. However, it's worth noting that the rumble can get a little loud, so if you don't use a headset, you might want to make note of this dependent on what type of games you plan to play.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Many third-party Xbox controllers lack these features, so it's nice to finally see a non-official controller that's not overly expensive include them.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The swappable thumb sticks add further customization since you can change them individually, allowing you to have the standard height stick on one side and the domed stick on the other.

Is Wired an Issue?

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š While I would usually favor a wireless controller over a wired one, the 10-foot braided USB-C cable is long enough for most rooms, and thanks to the braided design it is durable too, giving you peace of mind that it won't get damaged when you wrap it up and put it away.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Another advantage the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow has over other elite gaming controllers is the housing that fits the detachable USB-C cable. Although many other controllers leave the USB port open and exposed, the Fusion Pro 2's connection fits snugly into its housing, keeping it safe from damage while you use the controller and reducing the chances of the cable coming loose and disconnecting.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š As much as I have grown to love the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow, and to some extent it has opened me up to using wired controllers, I would still have preferred to see the inclusion of wireless, allowing gamers to switch between wired and wireless when they see fit. But if you're happy with a solely wired controller, there's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best for Xbox out there at the moment.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š And, for those who swap between PC and Xbox, this controller can be used on both, leveraging its X-input compatibility.

The Affordable Elite Alternative

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š At this price range, the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow can be forgiven for some of its flaws. The uninspiring D-pad feels rather basic when compared to the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. Occasionally the paddles come loose outside of gameplay, but besides these issues, the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow is by far one of the best alternatives to Microsoft's Elite series if you're on a budget.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š Having tried both the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow and Microsoft's Elite Series 2, I would find it very hard to choose between them. In some respects, the Elite series feels like a more refined quality product. However, it's undeniable that the Fusion Pro 2 has features that Microsoft should be kicking themselves over not including in their pro controller, and with the price difference added to the mix, I feel confident that if I had to make the choice, I would lean towards the Fusion Pro 2 based on its affordability and extra features.

๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜Š The carry case that comes included with the PowerA Fusion Pro 2 Midnight Shadow is perfect for taking the controller with you to competitive eSports matches or even just to a friend's house; it has been carefully designed to house all the interchangeable parts and spares, as well as the lengthy 10ft USB-C cable too.